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Unemployed son, 41, sues Dubai-based parents for lifelong financial support

Web report/Dubai
Filed on March 12, 2021
Photo: AFP

The Oxford-graduate claims that he is a ‘vulnerable’ grown-up child due to his health issues.

An unemployed Oxford-graduate is suing his Dubai-based parents in an effort to force them into providing him with a lifelong maintenance grant.

According to The Sun, Faiz Siddiqui, a 41-year-old Oxford-trained lawyer, says he is entirely dependent on his wealthy parents and is entitled to claim maintenance from them as a ‘vulnerable’ grown-up child due to his health issue. He also claims that denying him money would be a violation of his human rights.

Siddiqui’s parents Javed, 71, and Rakshanda, 69, have allowed him to live rent-free in a million-pound (Dh5 million) apartment in London’s Hyde Park for 20 years. During this time, they have also been paying all his bills and providing him with 400 pounds (Dh2,000) a week.

They now want to stop due to a family dispute.

Siddiqui's case has now been sent to the Court of Appeal after it was rejected by a family court judge last year.

The family's lawyer, Justin Warshaw QC, told The Sun: "These long-suffering parents have their own view of what is suitable provision for their 'difficult, demanding and pertinacious' son."

Siddiqui is fighting a first-of-its-kind case that may have long-lasting legal consequences for the rights of parents in the UK.

This case comes three years after he filed a million-pound lawsuit against his alma mater, Oxford University, making multiple allegations against the “boring” tuition and “bad and inadequate teaching”.

He also berated his tutors for making him give exams during a period of ‘insomnia, depression and anxiety' and blamed them for the low marks he received.

He maintained this cost him a place on a law course at a top US Ivy League university, such as Yale or Harvard, and denied him the high-flying legal career he had coveted.

Siddiqui’s claim was thrown out of court in 2018 after a High Court judge ruled that the education he received was of a ‘perfectly acceptable standard’.

The judge also ruled that Siddiqui’s 'inadequate preparation' and 'lack of academic discipline' towards his degree were the reasons he underperformed in his June 2000 exams.





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